Tutorial: Stamp Printing . . . the makeshift way

by msalexwitney

As I mentioned in the Weekend Round Up, I have decided that the lining to the tote bags I’m working on should be my own print. Now unfortunately I actually hated printing when I was studying, so in all the time I had to take advantage of the knowledge that was being passed onto me, I spent most of it not paying attention and certainly not putting any effort into a thought process when designing a print.

Based on this I decided to keep it simple, resulting in not the chicest of finish or look, but one I’m happy with none the less.

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– Chosen fabric

– Craft foam

– Fabric paint

– Glue

– Empty pill boxes (this is what I used but for an even finish you’ll need to use something that is solid, a square of wood is ideal)

– Scissors, I also ended up using a scalpel as this was easier for cutting the foam

– Masking tape

– Paint brush

– Ruler

– Pencil

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I wasn’t sure what to use as the block that would hold the stamp, I don’t have spare bits of wood lying around so just rummaged through cluttered areas of my flat until I came across empty hay fever relief boxes. I knew they wouldn’t get an even finish as the pressure would vary across the boxes but I taped them up none the less.

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Draw out the shape you want to print, if it’s a more complicated design don’t forget to think about positive and negative space!

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I’ve cut three of the same shape to make a high stack, this is to reduce the chance of any paint on the block touching my fabric.

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Glue the layers together and stick to your block.

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Protect your surface and masking tape the corners of fabric down to make sure the fabric doesn’t move whilst you’re printing and create smudges.

Make a test print first on an off cut of the fabric you are about to work on!

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For a clean and less risky stamp, paint the stamp with a brush rather than dipping.

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I left one space empty on each piece for a different colour triangle.

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My new lining . . .

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The bag itself is nearly finished and I really feel my own printed fabric is pulling it all together. Pictures to follow . . .

 

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